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Martin XB-51

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Another freebie article from War Eagles Air Museum, about the XB-51.

http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com/newsletters/weam_newsletter_2008-2.pdf
 

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From A Complete History of U.S. Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions: Winners, Losers, and What Might Have Been by Erik Simonsen
 

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Cool autographed picture. The other names are Pete Everest, Fred Ascani, and I guess the other one is Bob Salinas(?).
 

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That last one is Bob Cardenas. He was a longtime test pilot at Edwards and flew lots of cool stuff.
 

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Right! Cardenas! the guy who flew the B-29 on Yeager's X-1 flights.
 

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The nr 2 engine has a seemingly very small air inlet on the top of the fuselage. One would suspect it would be running at a lower capacity than the other two. Has any-one more info on this small intake?
 

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The nr 2 engine has a seemingly very small air inlet on the top of the fuselage. One would suspect it would be running at a lower capacity than the other two. Has any-one more info on this small intake?
Engine nr 2 (rear) has revolving (around horizonytal axis) intake, capable to switch from closed to open position during flight.
 

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Yes, I noticed that.The pictures depict the inlet in open position, and then it seems to me rather small.
 

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Yes, I noticed that.The pictures depict the inlet in open position, and then it seems to me rather small.
Tthose were the early days of jet-propulsion. It's probable that they might have had to increase fuselage wall clearance.
 
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